Long Walk to Freedom
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela’s autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.
Vincent Carruthers (Editor), Kenneth Newman (Illustrator)
The Wildlife of Southern Africa
With 1,200 color illustrations by a range of experts, this compact field guide includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that a traveler is likely to encounter in southern Africa.
The Safari Companion
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.
Lonely Planet Southern Africa
This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multi-country tour.
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Map
This fold-out overview map of Southern Africa – including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana – is ideal for route planning.
The Africa Adventure Company
Safari Planning Map, East & Southern Africa
This large-scale colorful map covers the top safari countries and important wildlife reserves of East and Southern Africa. With enlargements of key regions like Northern Tanzania, Southern Kenya and Northern Botswana to Victoria Falls, the map includes information on planning your safari and climate graphs.
Marcelle Bienvenu (Contributor), Chris McIntyre
Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide
With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this fourth edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in detail.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
The Harmless People
A classic study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari, novelistic in its detail. Based on the author’s fieldwork, the account is direct, informative, and strong on the character of the people and land.
A History of South Africa
A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization.
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
Covering the epic story of colonialism in Africa, Meredith’s magisterial history depicts empire-hungry kings, missionaries, tribal warlords, mining barons – even modern multinational corporations. An expansive but entertaining read.
The Scramble for Africa
Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
The Fate of Africa
Ambitious in scope, immensely readable – and as big as a doorstop – Martin Meredith’s blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events.
My Traitor’s Heart
Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return.
Cry, The Beloved Country
The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo’s quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid.
Peter Godwin, Chris Johns (Photographer)
Wild at Heart
This lush collection of full-color photographs tackles conservation, development and tradition in southern Africa. It’s a well-illustrated portrait of the region by National Geographic photographer Johns and veteran journalist Godwin.
Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger
Horn of Darkness, Rhinos on the Edge
A lively account of field work, combining adventure, natural history and thoughtful commentary on the plight of the severely endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia.
Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names.
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart
A Photographic Guide, Southern, Central, and East African Mammals
A compact guide, designed for the field, including almost all of the conspicuous species and a good sampling of the smaller or more secretive animals.
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon’s gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.
Bunny McBride, Duane Schlitter, Richard Estes, Peter Alden
National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife
This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks.